Simply Pilates by Cecile

Individualized Master Pilates Instruction

Simply Pilates by Cecile is a pilates studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   Simply Pilates specializes in Private and semi-private/duet pilates instruction and workout sessions by master pilates teacher Cecile Lemoine Bankston utilizing the core principles of Joseph Pilates.

Exciting news!

Pilates Mat classes starting November 19th

These classes will be taught by owner Cecile LeMoine Bankston and will consist of a combination of the Original mat work exercises designed by Joseph Pilates and some new and innovative work created by Cecile during her many years of experience as a teacher. The result is a class that is the perfect combination of stretching and strengthening exercises to build your core muscles, make your body longer, leaner and stronger than ever before. You will never get bored as Cecile changes her content all the time! If you want to check out a class go on and take one of Cecile’s classes!

Classes will be held Monday Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 , Monday Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30 and Saturday at 10:30. Rates can be found on our “prices” page, but for all of existing clients we invite you to take your first class free! There is very limited space at the studio so unfortunately we can only fit 7 students in a class. However this is actually great news for you as a student, because you are getting almost one on one instruction, giving you much more results from your class! With that in mind students MUST sign up through Mindbody to secure a spot. You can do that either through this website, or by downloading the Mindbody app on your smartphone. NO WALK INS PLEASE!

New Pricing Schedule!

I love my job as a Pilates Teacher and want to make Pilates available to more and more People, so effective immediately the cost of your Pilates Privates, and Duets will be at a more affordable rate than ever! Please refer to our “Prices” page to view your new pricing options! I hope those of you who have been loyal clients for the last three years will enjoy this new Pricing schedule!

My Pilates Journey Part I

I began my Pilates journey back in 1983 at the Houston Ballet’s Pilates studio. I was very fortunate to have had this introduction to Pilates as Houston was one of the first cities outside of New york and California to have Pilates. As dancers, Pilates was considered part of our conditioning routine. Some dancers did it on a regular basis, and some, like me, were introduced to it after an injury. Pilates was the place to go to stay in the same type of shape one needed to be in to dance. The Pilates method created long and lean muscles just like a dancer’s body, and many of the movements were very close to movements one did as a dancer. We even used to call the Reformer “The Plie Machine”!

I did not know it at the time but I was studying with someone who would go on to become one of the world’s leading instructors, Michael King! And to top it off the program was designed by another world renowned teacher, Alan Herdman. There were other incredible instructors there as well, and very soon after I began taking, I got addicted and wanted to go to Pilates whenever I had the time. I, like most dancers who do Pilates, credit Pilates as being the cross training I needed to develop my core muscles, which led to my being a much better dancer, as well as being injury free.

Throughout my many travels and years as a dancer, I always tried to seek out a Pilates studio wherever I was. Back then, sometimes it was very hard, but as the years passed, Pilates became more and more popular, at least among the dance community! It would take much longer for it to become mainstream as it is today.

Stay tuned for another installment of my journey to see how and why I became a Pilates teacher.